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100 Days of Something: 100


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Rounding off these 100 days with a Monodraw ASCII banner using the FIGlet isometric1 font.

Ever since I started playing around with the ASCII stuff a few weeks ago I’ve been noticing what seems to be a little renaissance of plain text diagrams. Some examples:

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100 Days of Something: 77

AG-AG

Back to ASCII graffiti with Luke Deen Taylor’s Image2ASCII, this time with a few tweaks to get the line count to match the height of the bricks. It’s a lot simpler with software figuring out the visual weight for each unit of the grid. For fun here’s Paul Simon’s latest Chuck Close album cover with a single letter for each of the 14x14 blocks.


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100 Days of Something: 76

kain-grid

Here’s a possible ASCII rendering of yesterday’s graffiti. Building it up placing the various block elements by hand is a somewhat painstaking process, and got me thinking of Chuck Close. There’s always been a grid present in his work, either implicit as a technique behind the early photorealistic works, or explicit, as with his later paintings. He also began filling that grid in with looser, more painterly shapes; as with the cover art for Paul Simon’s latest album.

100 Days of Something: 75

kAiN

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     \/  \/\__,_|_|_| |_|

I was keen to experiment a little more with translating graffiti into ASCII art using Monodraw. Once again with a correlation between the number of bricks covered by the graffiti and the number of lines in the ASCII grid as a starting point. It’s harder than I thought though, and my efforts this evening haven’t lead to anything I feel vaguely satisfied with. But I’m learning.

One Monodraw feature that I have had some fun playing around with is the built in ‘fonts’.1 One can type in a bit of text and have it translated into ASCII banners of various shapes and sizes. There’s even one called ‘Graffiti’ but I settled on using ‘Ogre’ unaltered for the above – in this case true ASCII text art, rather than text exported as an image.


  1. Based on FIGlet – a program for making large letters out of ordinary text. 

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100 Days of Something: 69

those-kids

While taking the FNUG・SPY photographs that I posted a few days ago, an ASCII art rendering popped into my head. This particular artist apparently works with a brush and paint since the shape of the bricks on which the graffiti is painted comes through far more clearly than with the more common spray can style. It lends a particular character to the way the bird’s head looks, and I suppose the regular grid of the bricks prompted the ASCII association. I enjoyed the texture of yesterday’s Image2ASCII conversion but wanted to pursue the brick aspect a little more closely. A dim recollection of an app mentioned on Der Übercast a while back led me to Monodraw, which turns out to be a fantastic tool for creating plaintext ASCII art on the Mac. There’s no built-in conversion of images, but it is possible to overlay images and trace them by hand – which is what I’ve done here. A grid of 40 lines to match the height of circa 40 bricks that the graffiti covers.

“WE’RE THOSE KIDS” is the full text that covers a wall along the perimeter of a park I walk though nearly every day.

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100 Days of Something: 68

ASCII-SPY

ASCII image created using Luke Deen Taylor’s Image2ASCII in Pythonista.

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